Friday, May 4, 2012

Mesa Martial Arts Instructor Nominated For 30th Pearl Anniversary of Who's Who in the World

Soke Hausel (left) and Hanshi Finley at the Arizona School
of Traditional Karate in Mesa, Gilbert, Arizona.
In 1999, the University of Wyoming Campus Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Club was awarded the top JKI-Affiliated Martial Arts School of the Year after training a few hundred students in a variety traditional Okinawan and Japanese martial arts at one of the smaller State universities in the country. In that same year, Professor Hausel, was promoted to Sokeshodai (grandmaster) of Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo (Seiyo Kai) after 35 years of martial arts training.
Yudansha attending the University of Wyoming 2010 Martial
Arts Clinic. Soke Hausel stands 4th from right, Hanshi Finley
Stands 5th from the right.
Now a martial artist of more than 45 years of experience, Grandmaster Hausel has been recognized as one of the top-rated martial arts instructors in the region. He was awarded Grandmaster of the Year by six major martial arts associations over the years, Instructor of the Year, and International Instructor of the Year. He is also a member of several Halls-of-Fame for Karate, Kobudo, Teaching, and even Geological Sciences. He is a notable alumni of his high school, and the University of Utah and notable person of Gilbert and Laramie.

Soke Hausel with three of his favorite students.
His students are scattered worldwide and include many university faculty, staff, researchers, as well as engineers, scientists, health care providers, law enforcement officers, clergy, pharmacologists, and martial arts instructors and most indicate his classes were some of the better at the university because of diversified teaching, interesting stories, philosophy and Okinawan history that kept the classes interesting. In 2006, Grandmaster Hausel took early retirement and moved to the Phoenix valley and opened a martial arts training facility at the northeast corner of Baseline and MacDonald (between Country Club and Mesa Drives) in 2008. The facility; Arizona School of Traditional Karate acts as a school of martial arts for the public as well as the Arizona Hombu (world headquarters) for his students around the world. He continues to focus on academics.
Soke Hausel with some Yudansha members of the Utah
Shorin-Kai including Kyoshi Rob Watson (8th dan)
(Standing next to Soke) and Renshi Todd Stone King (6th
dan) standing next to Kyoshi.
During the past 30 years, Grandmaster Hausel also taught many classes and clinics for the general public and other martial artists in self-defense such as self-defense for laymen, self-defense for martial arts instructors, self-defense for airline travelers, self-defense for women, self-defense for librarians, self-defense for teachers.

Because of his contributions in martial arts as well as geological sciences, art, public speaking, astronomy and writing, he has been nominated for induction into Marquis 30th Pearl Anniversary of Who's Who in the World.  Soke Hausel indicated that he looks up to two martial artists who he believes are the two greatest living martial artists in the world - Dai Soke R. Sacharnoski and Osensei Tadashi Yamashita.
1996 International Martial Arts Clinic members sit outside of Corbett Gym on the University of Wyoming Campus in Laramie. Dai-Soke Sacharnoski, TV and Movie Star sits in center front.  Professor Hausel stands in back to the far left.
Soke-Dai Eric Hausel (left) and Soke at the Arizona
Hombu (Arizona School of Traditional Karate in
Mesa and Gilbert, Arizona.
JKI Yudansha including (in front row in white pants) Soke Hausel (2nd from left) and Dai-Soke Sacharnoski
(4th from the left).
Photo of Professor Hausel accepting full force kick from Donette
Gillespie (3rd dan) while totally unprotected and smiling! Photo courtesy of the University
of Wyoming.
2003 Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Clinic at Corbett Gym at the University of Wyoming. Soke Hausel sits in front (6th from the left in black jacket), Osensei Tadashi Yamashita sits 8th from the left, and Soke-Dai Eric Hausel sits 10th from the left (in black jacket). Yamashita is one of the better known Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate Ka, a movie star with such credits as Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee and The Octagon with Chuck Norris.